After their starts to this domestic campaign both Burnley and Watford will now harbour realistic hopes of earning themselves a place in the Europa League next season and this afternoon they face off at Turf Moor with the hope of further solidify their impressive standing in the table.
Now at the start of the season you would be have been hard pushed to find anyone who would have thought that Burnley and Watford would be currently seventh and eight in the Premier League respectively but with each week that passes it has been fair to say that they have been good value for the positions that they have got themselves in.
Burnley’s form has halted ever so slightly as two defeats from their last three has seen them drop out of the top six at the expense of a Tottenham side who themselves have failed to win any of the last four outings, however it is only goal difference which is currently splitting the two outfits.
Defeat to Arsenal just under a fortnight ago was a bitter pill to swallow for Sean Dyche’s men especially as it was once again so late in the game but they brushed themselves off to then pick up a well earned three points away at Bournemouth just three days later.
However it was a dish called defeat that was served up last Saturday away at Leicester as they lost to a solitary goal. The loss at the King Power would have been bad enough but there is also the additional salt in the wound which is the fact that Robbie Brady had to be stretchered off and will now be out injured for a long spell.
It will be interesting to see if Burnley’s form goes south with the long term absence of the Irish international and whether or not manager Sean Dyche may well be tempted to delve into the transfer market next month in a bid to bolster his depleted midfield ranks.
Today the Clarets go up against a Watford that have picked up seven points from a possible nine after successive wins and then a draw, not only that but should Marco Silva’s men win by two clear goals this afternoon they would leapfrog Burnley into 7th place.
Their run of wins came to an end against sixth place Tottenham last weekend but it is not too much of an outrageous statement to make that they should have probably compounded Mauricio Pochettino’s misery as of late as Spurs had to hold with ten men after Davinson Sanchez’s second half sending off.
Not only that but Watford also had grounds for a penalty moments before Tottenham scored their equaliser, Ben Davies and Richarlison had something of a coming together but Martin Atkinson was not in the mood to point to the spot.
Watford certainly made life difficult for Tottenham although the visitors did little to help themselves with the marking that led to the first half goal from the Hornets. Christian Kabasele was given the freedom of Vicarage Road as he headed home to give the home side the lead.
They would be pegged back by Heung min-Son’s equaliser at a point in time where there was numerical parity on the pitch but they would also consider themselves unlucky as they turned the screw once Tottenham had to make do with being a player light.
Abdoulaye Doucoure who is the second highest goalscoring midfielder nearly became the joint highest one, unfortunately for him his effort from outside the area rattled the frame of the goal and bounced away to relative safety.
Watford met resilience in a Tottenham team who were a man light and will come up against the same when Burnley start with 11 players on the pitch this afternoon. I have a feeling that the two teams will cancel each other as there is little to choose between them. I’ll go for a draw.
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— Dan Tracey (@dantracey1983) December 8, 2017